Best of the fest – 5 Vancouver International Film Festival hits you can still see

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Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star in The Lobster.

Feeling like you missed out on the Vancouver International Film Festival? Fear not, movie lovers. Though today, Oct. 9, is officially the VIFF’s last day, you still have a chance to see some of the most popular and acclaimed movies from this year’s 16-day festival.

From Oct. 10-16, Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) is screening 23 of the fest’s standouts. These include a movie in which people are turned into animals if they don’t hook up, another in which two estranged brothers reunite to save their flocks of sheep, and a Vancouver-set film in which women procreate asexually and men face extinction. Here are five of the films worth checking out.

Rams (Oct. 10, 11:45 am) – In this Icelandic/Danish co-production, two estranged, unmarried brothers come together after 40 years when an infectious disease threatens their prized flocks of sheep. Variety called this tragicomedy “Wonderfully wry, charmingly understated…” Rams took home the Grand Prix, Un Certain Regard, at Cannes 15.

The Lobster (Oct. 11, 8:15 pm) – Yorgos Lanthimos’ fifth film (credits include the dark comedy Dogtooth) and first in English, The Lobster is a dystopian fantasy in which singles (including Colin Farrell) are forced to undergo a fate worse even than online dating – they must take a mate within 45 days, or be transformed into animals and released in the wild. The Lobster won the Prix du Jury at Cannes 15.

Sleeping Giant (Oct. 12, 6:15 pm) – Chosen Best Canadian Film at this year’s festival, Sleeping Giant centres around 14-year-old Adam. He’s enduring a dull summer in a small Lake Superior beach community when he falls in with local boys Foster and Rizzo. “A humid hint of homoerotic perspective distinguishes it from others in its amply populated genre,” says Variety.

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Scene from Sleeping Giant. Courtesy of Semaine de la Critique Cannes.

No Men Beyond This Point (Oct. 14, 8:30 pm) – A Canadian movie, No Men Beyond This Point gives us a world in which women need men like a fish needs a bicycle. In No Men, women procreate asexually, male babies have become passé and an entire gender faces extinction. This mockumentary-style film was made in Vancouver.

Marshland (Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m.) – Winner of 10 Spanish film awards, including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor, Marshland (La Isla Mínima) is a mystery about grisly murders in a remote community. “A brilliant, compelling edge-of-your-seat detective thriller infused with a spirit of uncanny gothic redolent of David Lynch and David Fincher,” said Sight & Sound.

To view a complete list of VIFF repeats, and for more screening and ticket info, visit viff.org or the Vancity Theatre box office (1181 Seymour St.).

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